Slow-Cooked Beef Barley Soup Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Beef Barley Soup Recipe

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“My hubby doesn't usually consider a bowl of soup 'dinner,' but this hearty, comforting soup, served with cornbread on the side, got a thumbs up…even from him!” Ginny Perkins - Columbiana, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup sliced fresh carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 2/3 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 259 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 1316mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil over medium heat; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the vegetables, broth, water, spaghetti sauce, barley and seasonings.
  3. Stir in beef. Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or until meat is tender. Skim fat. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Beef Barley Soup in Simple & Delicious March/April 2009, p64

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hardtouse User ID: 3390334 236158
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Excellent soup and easy to make. Will put it in my very favorites cook book!"

scotland1 User ID: 1426757 216410
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"soup was very good. Will make it the next time. But I will go easy on the spices. It was delicious with corn bread. Will spray the Crock pot with pam spray first to keep the ingredients from sticking to the sides."

Bcooks User ID: 5204614 149116
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"Good flavor in this easy to make soup. I added some frozen green beans and corn that I had on hand too."

ksandjs1 User ID: 539854 132064
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014


mjlouk User ID: 1712085 101481
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"Really good on a cold winter's night! Love a great low-cal soup that has meat in it!"

demandy User ID: 4915593 154171
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"easy! I ended up cooking on high for about 4 hours and then low for 3 and it turned out great. Served with garlic bread."

cookiereun User ID: 1191442 154170
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"Just to add to my last comment, this soup freezes beautifully. Wow! Yalk about comfort food - it's delicious."

cookiereun User ID: 1191442 132312
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"We loved this soup! Second day was even better. Will definitely make it again."

Wingslady User ID: 3694773 153010
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"easy and delicious. Didn't have time to brown the diced beef, so I threw everything in all at the same time. Was rushed for time so I set crockpot on high for six hours and soup came out perfectly. Had quick cooking barley and added the last two hours in the crockpot."

Modianne User ID: 2069422 207190
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"This was the best beef soup I have ever made. We loved it and will certainly make it again. It is a keeper!"

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